A Chinese student, 24, who threw an echidna from a second-floor building to see if it would survive before it was stoned, was dead obsessed with chasing koalas and lizards
- Student Zhenbo Gao, 24, has inflicted a painful death on an echidna in Brisbane
- Chinese man dropped the animal from a height and threw stones at it
- Gao was caught by guards from the campus at Griffith University
- The court heard that he liked to chase koalas, catch lizards and pet opossums
A Chinese university student who threw an echidna from a two-story bridge in Brisbane to test his survival is expected to be sentenced.
Zhenbo Gao, 24, admitted stalking the native flora and fauna of Australia, imprisoning lizards, sitting up, and chasing koalas before killing the echidna on the Nathan campus of Griffith University in May 2018.
He was hunting lizards when he came across an adult echidna hiding in a bush, the court was told.
Zhenbo Gao, 24, will be sentenced for killing an echidna by dropping it and throwing stones at it at a campus of the University of Brisbane
Gao was captured by campus guards flipping about the lifeless echidna around 10.30 pm, according to a statement of facts.
He picked it up before dropping the struggling animal that popped up under a slope and buried himself in the dirt to hide.
Gao threw stones the size of a football to force the animal into the open air before he threw the echidna off the bridge to see if it could survive.
The animal died after landing on the concrete.
An autopsy report revealed that the & # 39; terrified & # 39; Echidna suffered much pain and died from bone strength trauma.
Gao told RSPCA inspectors that he had never seen an echidna that & # 39; curious & # 39; was and threw the animal from the second floor height to see if it would handle the fall.
He claimed that he never intended to kill the animal, but wanted to take it home and study it.
Gao (left) told RSPCA researchers that he was curious about the echidna when he met him and wanted to take him home
A Chinese student will be convicted of killing an echidna by dropping it on a Brisbane university campus and throwing stones at it
Gao has been found guilty of animal abuse in the Holland Park Magistrates Court.
Defense lawyers told the court that the student of event planning & # 39; deeply remorse & # 39; and his family had brought much shame.
Gao & # 39; s mother traveled from China to support her son in court.
He is expected to be sentenced on Wednesday afternoon.
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